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subalpine

[ suhb-al-pahyn, -pin ]

adjective

  1. pertaining to the regions at the foot of the Alps.
  2. Botany. growing on mountains below the limit of tree growth, and above the foothill, or montane, zone.


subalpine

/ sʌbˈælpaɪn /

adjective

  1. situated in or relating to the regions at the foot of mountains
  2. (of plants) growing below the treeline in mountainous regions


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Word History and Origins

Origin of subalpine1

First recorded in 1650–60; sub- + alpine
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Example Sentences

Mount Rainier glowed bright amber as it popped up from behind a stand of subalpine fir.

Trails such as the five-mile Greys Lake Trail drop hikers on the shores of subalpine lakes, where craggy summits, like the 11,127-foot Hole in the Mountain Peak, loom above.

Topping out at 11,823 feet, the trail gives visitors a great chance to check out subalpine and tundra zones.

Among the trees are the quaking aspen, Douglas spruce, Engelmann spruce, and subalpine fir.

Another thousand feet and the Subalpine fir replaces its two near relatives.

They are found in most perfect condition in the subalpine region, at an elevation of from eight thousand to nine thousand feet.

Between the subalpine areas and the river valleys there are several large ancient burns which are partly reforested.

Subalpine species adapted to withstand the burden of deep snow take their place.

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